Rapidly expanding essential Chinese dim sum empire MingHin Cuisine opens a new Streeterville restaurant today, its sixth in the Chicago area, a rep confirmed. The debut comes on the heels of an opening in the South Loop last month, where today chefs are launching sushi and hibachi menus for the first time.
The Streeterville menu features the mini-chain’s famous assortment of dim sum treasures, live seafood, Chinese barbecue, and more for lunch and dinner. In the South Loop, ownership promised Japanese menu items like sushi and hibachi in the near future when the restaurant opened in January. That vow comes true today, though an online version of the Japanese menu isn’t yet available.
The new space in Streeterville plays on the same traditional-meets-modern aesthetic featured in MingHin’s other restaurants, though it’s much brighter and airier than the South Loop spot, which is outfitted in darker hues. Art Deco elements such as geometric brass fixtures and tiered chandelier-style hanging sculptures contrast interestingly with illustrated wall treatments and classical pottery placed throughout the dining rooms. Diners can perch on bar stools, in blue half-circle booths, or at square or round tables, complete with spinning lazy Susans. Photographs of the restaurant are available online.
MingHin’s original Chinatown restaurant opened in 2010, and owners have expanded into Lakeshore East, as well as suburban Naperville and Rolling Meadows. The Streeterville space formerly housed Spanish spot Emilio’s Tapas Sol y Nieve, which closed last spring.
MingHin Cuisine Streeterville, 215 E. Ohio Street, Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.